24th December 2006
Victory for gay row Christians is not a victory for common sense 12
12:00 AM — "Hallelujah!" squeals the Daily Mail on the news that Joe and Helen Roberts are to receive £10,000 compensation and costs after an 80 minute interview by police resulting from comments they made about gay rights and civil partnerships.The couple who claim to be Christian told a council worker that they found the civil partnership literature displayed in public libraries in Lancashire "discriminativly offensive [sic]."
23rd December 2006
Couple awarded for homophobia 5
12:00 AM — A retired couple have won out of court damages after being questioned by police regarding their views on homosexuality.Devout Christians, Joe Roberts 73, and his wife Helen, 68, of Fleetwood, Lancashire, wrote to Wyre Borough Council accusing them of "pandering" to minority groups by distributing leaflets about homosexuality in their buildings.
22nd December 2006
BBC to show Diana tribute concert 1
12:00 AM — The BBC has been chosen to be the UK broadcast partner for next summer's Concert For Diana which Princes William and Harry are organising for 1 July 2007.Princes William and Harry recently unveiled plans for a Concert for Diana, to celebrate their mother's life, as well as a memorial service on August 31 2007.
Trevor Phillips ‘failing’ gays and other minorities
12:00 AM — London mayor Ken Livingstone has renewed his feud with the incoming head of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) Trevor Phillips, accusing him of failing minorities.Mr Livingstone said plans to put minority groups such as black, people, the gay community and women under one organisation are "rubbish."
Christmas comes early for gay equality 3
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners have received an "early Christmas present" after a High Court judge in Belfast rejected pleas from Christian groups to postpone the introduction of the Sexual Orientation Regulations next month.The law, which protects LGBT people from discrimination in goods and services, will now be introduced in Northern Ireland in January 2007, followed by the rest of the UK in April.
Walliams reveals rift with Boy George
12:00 AM — Gay singer Boy George got his claws out against comic David Walliams this week while filming a comedy quiz.The artist was appearing on Channel 4's Big Fat Quiz of the Year when he asked Walliams about Matt Lucas, his Little Briatian partner's civil partnership last week.
Gay ‘page dog’ hails Brighton’s 680th civil partnership
12:00 AM — A gay dog, a gay choir and a drag queen bridesmaid helped bring in Brighton's 680th civil partnership yesterday.Jamie Hakim, co owner of PinkNews.co.uk's media partner 3SIXTY magazine took the plunge with Graeme Youngs at Brighton Town Hall.
Lesbians, AIDS, teenage pregnancy: The life of Pauline Fowler
12:00 AM — EastEnder Pauline Fowler has had to deal with more issues than most mothers, first her teenage daughter is impregnated by the local gangster, then her eldest son dies from AIDS, and to top that off her daughter in law leaves her youngest son to become a lesbian only to later change her mind.But the battleaxe will be laid to rest this Christmas as Wendy Richard leaves the show ending a 22 year stint.
21st December 2006
Gay couple postpone ‘divorce’ 2
12:00 AM — A gay man who was due to become the first to have a civil partnership dissolved has postponed the "divorce" to avoid being a "poster boy" for same sex couple's ending their partnerships.The civil partnership laws were implemented in the UK exactly a year ago today, meaning anyone wanting a 'divorce' can apply from now, however Darryl Bullock has deliberately avoided using today's date to avoid unwanted publicity.
George Michael performs for ‘incredible’ nurses 4
12:00 AM — Gay star George Michael completed his greatest hits tour this week with a free concert for NHS nurses.He performed in front of 2000 medical workers and was introduced by comedian Catherine Tate at the Roundhouse Theatre in North London.The event fulfils a promise by the singer to provide a free show to the profession if he ever performed again.
Irish lesbian couple appeal marriage ruling 2
12:00 AM — A lesbian couple are to appeal a High Court decision which said their Canadian marriage could not be recognised in Ireland.Last week, Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne dismissed the case of Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming that marriage could only be defined between members of the opposite sex, but the couple will now take their case to Ireland's Supreme Court.
20th December 2006
Schools allow access gay websites
12:00 AM — Students in southern Florida can freely access "gay-supportive" websites, thanks to pressure from the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council.The Palm Beach County School District previously blocked student and teacher access to several gay-friendly sites such as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network—with "Sexuality/Alternative Lifestyles" popping up on screens when users attempted to visit them.
Elton John and George Michael mend rift
12:00 AM — Gay music legends Sir Elton John and George Michael appear to have ended their rift.Sir Elton fumed at Michael earlier this year after the former WHAM" front man blamed the Rocket Man for his problems with drugs.Michael told the Parkinson show, "Unfortunately every artist nowadays has a soap opera and it's decided where they're going to be in that, the trajectory of my particular soap opera launched from that statement Elton made about 18 months ago when he hadn't seen me for years.
Gay star to become a granddad
12:00 AM — Gay TV presenter Paul O'Grady is set to get a special present this festive season when he becomes a granddad.The host of Channel 4's Paul O'Grady Show and man behind Lily Savage announced last night that his daughter Sharyn Moseley is due to give birth on Christmas day.
19th December 2006
Police investigate internal gay rows 1
12:00 AM — Police are investigating religious expression within the force after rows have broken out between gay and Christian colleagues, according to reports.The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) will produce guidelines after the review to recommend the best way forward.
Celebs come out for Elton John film
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John was joined by X-Factor judge Sharon Osbourne, Sting, Girls Aloud and ex-Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell to launch his new film in Leicester Square last night.The gay musical legend unveiled his new film, transgender comedy It's a Boy Girl Thing, at a premiere to raise funds for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Court rejects gay banker’s discrimination appeal 1
12:00 AM — A gay banker who claims he was sacked because of his sexual orientation has had his appeal rejected at an employment appeals tribunal.Peter Lewis, who earned in the region of £1 million a year at HSBC, was seeking £5 million in damages from the bank in what was seen as one of the biggest gay discrimination cases in the UK.
Cardinal compares gay unions to paedophilia 6
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh has been criticised for comparing same sex partnerships to paedophiliaCardinal Keith O'Brien made the statements in a speech at the Scottish InterFiath Leaders' conference last month, and then left without allowing himself to be challenges.
Councillors spur action on city HIV/AIDS budget cuts
12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove councillors have called on the local NHS to report on the impact of budget cuts into HIV/AIDS services in the city.Spending on HIV/AIDS services in the city has fallen from £437,000 in 2002/03 to £307,380 for this financial year (2006/7) and represents a cut of 30% if inflation is included.
18th December 2006
Clarkson reprimanded for ‘gay car’ comment 27
12:00 AM — The BBC has pleased gay campaigners after upholding a complaint that Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson was behaving in a derogatory manner after referring to a car as "gay" on the programme.Four viewers complained about an exchange during BBC Two's Top Gear last July in which Clarkson picked up a remark from an audience that a certain car was "gay", the presenter then backed it up by saying, "a bit gay, yes very ginger beer" which is cockney rhyming slang for queer.